Maybe my interest in Japanese art and papers have found a way to express itself in this one painting. The coppery golds, reds and indigos remind me very much of the origami paper I used to use to fold paper cranes. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the shimmery golds is mainly made up of a pattern of fish in the background. I guess I have this thing for wildlife and the sea.
At the end of the day, I’m a geeky explorer at heart. The mere fact that seaweed has a different texture and colour in different parts of the province excites and interests me. There’s a rocky beach close by with seaweed with slightly wider tendrils. The one in this painting is based on seaweed on a tiny island in the Cape. It’s got these little yellow pods at the end. Both are slightly red in its genetic makeup, very different from the seaweed found in Asian cooking, very different from the kombu my grandmother adds to soup and the nori used for my favourite sushi.
What’s a favourite food your grandmother used to make?